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Barnaby Joyce refers himself to high court over New Zealand citizenship

The deputy prime minister said he could be a New Zealand citizen by descent but Malcolm Turnbull has asked him not to resign

Barnaby Joyce has referred himself to the high court in order to clarify whether he is eligible to sit in parliament on grounds of dual citizenship.

The New Zealand high commission contacted the deputy prime minister last week to tell him that preliminary advice from the Department of Internal Affairs indicated he could be a citizen of New Zealand by descent. On Monday afternoon the New Zealand government confirmed Joyce was a citizen.

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